Lorenzo Cassa

Biography

Born in Phoenix Arizona in 1955 to Chester and Geneva Cassa Manuel, was raised on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. He is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, of the Tsete’ehe sdjiné (Dark Rocks Extending Out People) clan. The clan (Read: Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You, by Eva Tulene Watt) originated from one of the two main Apache groupings situated in the Southwestern United States. This group of Apache included the Aravaipas, Pinalenos, Coyoteros, White Mountain, Tonto Apaches, and other local bands. These groups are located on what is now the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian Reservations in east central Arizona and the smaller Tonto Apache Indian Reservation near Payson Arizona. His art education includes studies in Junior High, High School and College. In 1976, he enrolled at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM and received an Associate of Fine Arts Degree in 1978. He continued studies in two-dimensional design at the Atlanta College of Art in Atlanta, GA. He attended courses in Wildlife and Business Management at the Gila Pueblo College and the University of Phoenix in Arizona. Lorenzo’s work has been displayed in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. The analytical evaluation for his website reveals the International exposure of his artwork in 65 countries.  In 2012, of the several hundred Arizona artists contending, 21 Artists works were chosen by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Arizona Art Alliance to commemorate the 2012 Arizona Centennial celebration. The only Native American artist among those chosen, Lorenzo’s painting “Apacheland” was on display for a year at the House of Representatives in Phoenix, Arizona.? Recently, Lorenzo was awarded the 2019 Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence Competition 100 runners up Award and the 2020 Phippen Museum 46th Annual Western Art Show “ Sale’s Best in Show” First Place in Oils.

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